20th Century Fox has tapped Rebecca Thomas (Electrick Children, Stranger Things) to direct their film Malignant. James Wan is producing the film, an adaptation of his graphic novel Malignant Man.
Wan is producing through his production company, Atomic Monster. Ross Richie and Stephen Christy are also producing through Boom! Studios.
“The story focuses on a patient dying of a terminal disease who discovers that his malignant tumor is actually a mysterious alien parasite. He’s assigned to battle a secret army.”
Thomas’ debut feature Electrick Children garnered her some attention. In 2015 she was announced as the director of the adaptation John Green’s novel Looking for Alaska for Paramount. She also directed an upcoming episode of Stranger Things. Thomas was also tapped to direct the live-action The Little Mermaid for Universal, however, the fate of the film is yet to be determined.
Thomas is joining the small group of women who have been tasked to direct a comic book adaptation. Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman), Gina Prince-Bythwood (Silver & Sable), and Anna Boden (Captain Marvel). It is a fine group of women filmmakers, and we should start expecting more women getting the chance to helm comic book adaptations.